Sedating pets airline travel

Many vets have pet First Aid Kits available for purchase, great for unexpected injury or illness.All pets must travel in containers approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).Some containers are already fitted with protective kennel mats which can absorb liquids and odours, but you may have to purchase this item separately.Getting your pet comfortable with their container is the best thing you can do to calm their nerves (and your own! Put their favourite toy or a comfort item such as an old shirt with your smell on it in the container and encourage them to sleep in it, explore it and become comfortable with it at home.Most vets do not recommend sedating your pet prior to travel and airlines may not accept a sedated animal.There are natural calmers to help your pet if they are particularly anxious or hyperactive, but this should be discussed with your vet during your pre-flight visit.Check with your Flight Centre consultant to find out where you can collect your four-legged traveller after their sky-high journey.Like check-in, some airlines may require you to go to the cargo/freight section as opposed to the checked baggage area.

The cabin crew do not access the hold during the flight, but the ground staff will ensure your pet is securely loaded on board and are unloaded as soon as possible after landing.Much the same as domestic pet travel, the first step in organising your furry friend’s big adventure abroad is booking in a visit to the vet.As well as giving your cat or dog a clean bill of health with up-to-date vaccinations, worming and flea and tick treatments, the vet may be required to administer some extra checks for international travel.If you have cable-tied your pet’s container (and some airlines require that you do), pack a pair of scissors in your checked baggage to grant your pet freedom as soon as possible Did you know around two million pets take to the skies in the United States every year?The trend is catching on in Australia too, with the introduction of Virgin Australia’s pet frequent flyer program in 2013.